I’m tired of being depressed about the re-election of Obama and listening to the doom and gloom from my fellow Republicans advocating that the Republican Party needs to move more to the left in order to win elections. We don’t need to run away from our core convictions, to do so would only move the nation toward a one-party system. Even though many of us are shaking our heads in disbelief that Obama won re-election, especially given our national debt and the nation’s unemployment rate, overall election results support the fact that the Republican Party needs to clarify, rather than revamp, our political positions.
Obama won, yes, but with a slender three point margin in the popular vote (332 electors to 206 for Mitt Romney). Looking further at election figures, you’ll find that while the GOP lost two seats in the Senate (it still maintains a 45), the party maintained its sizable margin in the House. In fact, in 2010 the party took a staggering 63 seats away from the Democrats and this year gave up exactly eight—making a net Republican gain of 55 since the elections of 2008. The GOP thus has a comfortable House majority of more than 30 seats.
Also, the party now boasts no fewer than 30 governors—60% of the nation’s total—representing more than 50% of the country’s population. The GOP picked up one of these statehouses this year, adding to what was already a record total, losing no ground at all to the Democrats.
And finally, as of this year’s election, there are 37 states that have one-party rule–governor’s mansion and both legislative chambers controlled by a single party (unfortunately, Washington State isn’t one of them). Of these, 24 are in the hands of the GOP, with a mere 13 run by their opponents.
In Island County we’ve replaced Margaret Haugen and Angela Homala with Barbara Bailey and Jill Johnson, maintained Norma Smith, and elected Dave Hayes - no small feat.
Instead of moving to the center, the Republican Party needs to build even more effectively on the solid foundations of the present and stand firm for our core principles – major among them: enforcement of civil and religious liberty to protect the sovereignty of the individual citizen, that limited government is the foundation of a free society, economic opportunity to ensure that each generation is better off than the one before it, federalism to maintain local control over government policies, enforcement of our immigration policy to protect our borders, that family is the first and most important institution which preserves a free society, and that a strong America is a free America.